When track coach Derek Fisher saw freshman Alexandrea Hurst four years ago, she was turning backflips in the gym.
"I knew she was something special," says Fisher. "For sure, I’ve gotta get her out to track."
That turned out to be a very good decision. Hurt has excelled in track and now holds school records in shot put and discus at Armstrong, plus she finished first in the state in shot put and second in discus during her junior year.
"She’s driven and you can tell that from the different things she’s involved in," says Fisher.
Alexandrea Hurst, who goes by the nickname Lexi, is very involved. She excels in academics. She's captain of the step team and manager of the basketball team. She sings in the choir and plays both violin and cello. She calls herself a "music geek," but acknowledges that track is her "big thing."
"I’m very competitive with other people and myself as well," says Hurst.
Hurst will be attending the University of Minnesota on a track scholarship. She hopes to become a veterinarian and work with small animals like cats, dogs and rabbits.
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